The Celtic Cross Mission Society serves as the missionary "hands" of the seminary, raising both funds and awareness, while engaging in direct community outreach.
Charitable organizations in the San Francisco Bay area and across the country received 2016 Celtic Cross Mission grants. In the last three years over $40,000 had gone to strengthening work on behalf of refugees and new immigrants, literacy programs, supplemental nutrition, environmental advocacy, and disaster preparedness.
A team of students reviews the grant applications, researches needs, and presents recommendations to the seminary community. In addition, during the last year, two emergency grants were provided in response to immediate need. After the Presiding Bishop called for all Episcopalians to stand with the Water Protectors a grant was made to the Diocese of North Dakota as a fiduciary for NoDAPL. Locally, funds were provided to assist families following the tragic Ghost Ship Fire in Oakland where 36 people lost their lives.
Much of the focus of Celtic Cross in the fall is on raising funds, primarily through parking cars on Cal football game days – turning the parking lot into musical instruments, clean water, teaching supplies, food for hungry bellies, and more. Parking cars becomes mission evangelism, as students share stories of the projects with those who use the lot, connecting them with the Good News they are helping to support. Celtic Cross also is the recipient of community night offerings to support the annual grant process.
All members of the CDSP community, including faculty, staff, students, spouses, and partners, are members of the Celtic Cross Mission Society.
Peter Homeyer serves as the Celtic Cross Missioner for 2016-17.
The Panama Project offers up to four students at Episcopal seminaries, including CDSP, the opportunity to spend three weeks in the Episcopal Diocese of Panama.
An outstanding feature of the program is orientation to and engagement with the social, economic and political dimensions of life in Panama, including the country's complex relationship with the USA. Thus, in addition to offering experience in grassroots pastoral ministry, the program explores the dynamics of colonialism and imperialism between North America and Latin America. The program has proven invaluable to students interested in Hispanic ministries.
2015 Application Deadline: December 15, 2014
Applications are available through this link: Panama Project Application.
For over 25 years CDSP has had a partnership with the Diocese of Panama to work with them on a variety of projects. This Panama Project was established in 1986 by the Rev. Dr. John Kater. Professor Emeritus, and Dr. Walter E. Smith (Education and Vocational Development Officer in the Diocese of Panama, and honorary degree recipient from CDSP, October 2012).
Housing is at the Diocesan Center in Panama City and with local families. While proficiency in Spanish is not required, it is a valuable resource and preference will be given to Spanish-speaking applicants. The Panama Project is open to Episcopal seminarians who have completed at least one full year of seminary study before attending the program. Past experience indicates that participants who are able to approach the Project with an attitude of openness and willingness to learn rather than teach will benefit most. Selection will be based on experience, expectations and language proficiency.
The Diocese of Panama gives seminarians a warm welcome and invites them to experience the life of this diverse and exciting part of the Anglican Communion. Life in Panama can be challenging, and participants should be prepared for tropical heat and Panama's rainy season, lots of walking and perhaps some physical labor. Field work assignments are often in areas of the country without running water and where travel conditions may be rigorous.
Structure of the Program